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The Best Cat Movies

Updated December 20, 2019 11.1k votes 1.8k voters 204.7k views66 items

List RulesOnly movies that have cats as main characters

A list of the best cat movies ever. These are movies about cats, or featuring a cat as one of the main characters. Not only that, these are the best cat movies. Cat lovers will also enjoy the greatest fictional cats and the best cartoon cats. If you've think we've missed one please feel free to add it in yourself to this list of the best cat movies. As one of our two favorite pets, cats are a safe bet when it comes to making movies and this is a list of some of those great cat films.

Since cats are more difficult to train, there also tends to be fewer cat movies for kids and cat lovers of all ages compared to dog movies. Various cat breeds can be found in these films - and you may even find yourself wanting to adopt some of them. You'll also find the best Disney cat movies on this list too. If you're into felines then we bet you'll find a movie on this list of cat films you'll love. Hopefully we'll be able to add some more cat films to the list in the future!

What are the best cat movies? This cat movies list strives to answer that question.

 

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Released: 1970
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    Released: 1994
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    Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Oliver & Company

    Billy Joel, Bette Midler

    Released1988

    Directed byGeorge Scribner

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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Released: 1993
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    Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Puss in Boots

    Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas

    Released2011

    Directed byChris Miller

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    Milo & Otis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Milo & Otis

    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

    Released1986

    Directed byMasanori Hata

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Don't forget the scary Siamese "twins" who come to babysit Lady.

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    The Secret Life of Pets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    The Secret Life of Pets

    Louis C.K., Lake Bell

    Released2016

    Directed byYarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

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    The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    The Rescuers

    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Released: 1996
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    The Lion King 1½ is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    The Lion King 1½

    Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick

    Released2004

    Directed byBradley Raymond

    Released: 2004
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    The Cat from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    The Cat from Outer Space

    Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan

    Released1978

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    Released: 1978
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    Garfield: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Garfield: The Movie

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

    Released: 2004
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    Bolt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    Released2008

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

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    That Darn Cat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    That Darn Cat

    Christina Ricci, Dyan Cannon

    Released1997

    Directed byBob Spiers

    Released: 1997
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    Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Cats & Dogs

    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon

    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

    Released: 2001
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    Two Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Two Brothers

    Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore

    Released2004

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

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    Nine Lives is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Nine Lives

    Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    That Darn Cat! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    That Darn Cat!

    Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    This is the original and best--the Hayley Mills 1960's version.

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    Born Free is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Born Free

    Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers

    Released1966

    Directed byTom McGowan, James Hill

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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Pinocchio

    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Ki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

    Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2010

    Directed byBrad Peyton

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    Garfield: A Tail of Two Kittie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray

    Released2006

    Directed byTim Hill

    Released: 2006
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    The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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    The Cat Returns

    Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba

    Released2002

    Directed byHiroyuki Morita

    Released: 2005
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